- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press (Feb. 7 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162010301X
- ISBN-13: 978-1620103012
- Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2 x 27.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 771 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stumptown Vol. 4: The Case of a Cup of Joe Hardcover – Feb 7 2017
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About the Author
Greg Rucka was born in San Francisco and raised on the Central Coast of California, in what is commonly referred to as "Steinbeck Country." He began his writing career in earnest at the age of 10 by winning a county-wide short-story contest, and hasn't let up since. He graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in English, and from the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing program with an M.F.A. He is the author of nearly a dozen novels, six featuring bodyguard Atticus Kodiak, and three featuring Tara Chace, the protagonist of his Queen & Country series. Additionally, he has penned several short-stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world's best-known characters--Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman--as well as penning several creator-owned properties himself, such as Whiteout and Queen & Country, both published by Oni Press. His work has been optioned several times over, and his services are in high-demand in a variety of creative fields as a story-doctor and creative consultant. Greg resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, author Jennifer Van Meter, and his two children. He thinks the biggest problem with the world is that people aren't paying enough attention.
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The series also keeps me coming back through its portrayal of Portland, almost as another major character. I lived in Portland for a short time back in the 9os, and Rucka and artist Justin Greenwood completely capture what makes the city feel unique in these pages. And never more so than in this particular storyline, which is slightly lighter in tone than previous volumes. This book focuses on Dex's attempts to protect shipments of rare coffee (a particularly Portland obsession) from entitled billionaires and the Barista Mafia. That story is a lot of fun, contrasted with Dex dealing with the sudden arrival of her sister for an unannounced visit.
The book also includes a second, shorter tale of Dex on a stakeout. Told almost wordlessly, this story is a great showcase for Greenwood's talents as an artist. Greenwood is the second artist to work on this series, following Matthew Southworth, who did the first two volumes. Greenwood has definitely made the series his own, particularly with the stories in this volume.
While I think Rucka's other current work is great, and will always have special places in my heart for his earlier comics like Queen & Country and Whiteout, Stumptown is the one I most look forward to these days. I wish it came out more frequently, but whenever it does, it's always something to be treasured.